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Yet another social media user arrested for insulting Erdoğan

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E.D., who was detained in İzmir for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media, was arrested by an İzmir court on Monday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

E.D. was detained at home in a police raid following a denunciation of his “insults.”

On Saturday, K.D., who works for a private company at İstanbul Atatürk Airport, was arrested for allegedly insulting Erdoğan on social media.

In a similar move, 13 university students were detained by police in Bolu on Monday on allegations of disseminating the propaganda of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on social media.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs announced last month that 10,000 people are currently under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media.

The ministry also stated that in the last six months 3,710 social media users were investigated, of whom 1,656 were arrested. A total of 1,203 of those investigations resulted in releases on probation.

The ministry further said that cooperation with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and national and international service providers has been carried to the next level.

With new state of emergency decrees issued by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government on Friday, police were given the authority to directly access information on the identity of Internet users.

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